David has been known to go from idle suggestion to - 'holiday completely booked' - in less than 24 hours. Evenings are an especially dangerous time. A morning slip-up can sometimes be recovered during the day but once in bed I can be blissfully unaware of the holiday planning wheels turning until presented with a fait accompli over breakfast.
I am however not a total hermit. I do like travel - sometimes - usually close to home and not too far out of my comfort zone. To that end I have decided to start a holiday wishlist where I can record the places I actually want to go - not just those I might muse about ................ David, are you listening..
- The Kimberleys - One of the last true wilderness areas of the world. I am not certain we will ever make it - much as I would love to go. David isn't really keen so I would have to organise it myself and, frankly, I can't see that happening. Also I'm pretty sure you need a four-wheel drive and some rudimentary knowledge of how to fix it if you break down in the extreme outback and don't want to die there - not something we have in our skill sets. We did fly to Broome once. It is everything the travel guides suggest including the killer jelly fish. Part of our holiday included five hours at Broome hospital after one of the boys got stung about 30 seconds after entering the water at Cable Beach. If anyone out there knows anything helpful about how to visit The Kimberleys without either joining a tour (David doesn't do tours) or risking death, I am open to suggestions.
UPDATE to The Kimberleys - All my not so gentle hints about The Kimberleys have paid off. David is nothing if not resourceful when it comes to planning holidays. I had in mind a 'wind in your hair, tame the rugged north-west' kind of experience, four-wheel driving through the exteme outback taking our lives in our hands. David wasn't so keen - probably because if we got ourselves into any sort of trouble I would look to him to get us out of it. Instead he is taking me to Berkeley River Lodge, a stunning luxury oasis perched on the far north-west edge of Western Australia. Just to give you an idea of how remote this place is, we have to take a light plane to get there, there is no road access. I can't wait. Watch this blog for my posts on roughing it in total luxury in Australia's stunning Kimberleys. We fly out in mid-June.
- Antarctica - I can't see this ever happening but I can dream can't I.
- Mexico - Specifically the Mayan temples at Chichen Itza. This one is slotted in for 2017. It will take me that long to work up the courage. I know that plenty of areas in Mexico are safe but D wants to hire a car and drive. The thought of trying to drive in Mexico City, if only to get through it from the airport to the rural surrounds, scares me a lot.
- Iceland - As a Game Of Thrones fame from day one I would love to visit Iceland. Sadly, D has very little idea what GOT is and getting him to show any enthusiasm for a trip to the Land of Fire and Ice is proving almost impossible. I'm still trying though!